...And Just Like That! My Reflection as President of DTTA

...And Just Like That! My Reflection as President of DTTA

...and just like that, after two years, my role as President of DTTA - Digital Technologies Teachers Aotearoa has come to an end. On reflection, the time has passed quicker than I thought it would, but it has been an honour and a pleasure to serve the DigiTech kaiako up and down the motu. It's the connections that I have made while I have been in the role that is what it is all about for me…

One of the things that I wanted to see as part of my involvement in DTTA is an increase in support for Primary and Intermediate kaiako. I think it is important to provide reassurance to those that are feeling unsure about what to do in their classrooms. 

In my opinion, I see that there is still the challenge of spreading the expertise to the wider community of teachers, especially from the Primary and Intermediate sector. The need for support still remains, and anecdotally, most schools still require support in the form of someone that can stand beside them for a week, a month or a term. There are those who are either making small steps in their progress, or dare I say it, do not even have anybody to help them start their journey into teaching Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko. 

As a self confessed ‘early adopter’, I also see that we will need to stand beside those schools that do not necessarily have early adopters to guide them on their way to full integration of DTHM within their schools. In most cases of little or no DTHM happening, it is nobody's fault as those schools do not know what they do not know and have nobody to carry them forward. 

I feel that my experience working across the Intermediate and Secondary sectors as well as having opportunities to run workshops at school or conferences, as well as developing resources with others in my school has given me an insight into how teachers are feeling about the implementation of DTHM.  

The final days of my tenure have culminated in the TESAC Conference held at University of Canterbury that took place from 12-15th April 2024. This event was hosted by the four Technology associations: DTTA, NZGTTA, TENZ and HETTANZ under the Technology Education Subject Association Coalition. The conference had been 18 months in the planning and was attended by around 450 people made up of teachers, educators, providers and suppliers. It has been awesome to meet with many familiar faces and some new ones too. The collaboration, workshops and conversations have been very positive. This is due in part to the manaakitanga and whakawhanaungatanga that has been the focus both humbling and uplifting. 

I have been appreciative of the feedback that I have received at the TESAC Conference. I will always look for opportunities to ‘spread the love’. One of the ways I have done this is to make the resources that I have developed for my own teaching freely available for others to use. My personal ambition is to package these resources up into a more user friendly format for distribution. I look forward to working on implementing my plans in time. 

The DTTA committee will continue to support our members with developing and sharing resources, giving advice and providing professional learning and development. It's not over for me just yet. I remain on the DTTA committee as Past President. With that, I still plan to continue to provide support for our members when and where I can. My mahi has not ended… Aroha nui!


Posted: Tuesday 16 April 2024